It seems like many of us took a week (or more) off from blogging to do all the real life, non-blogging things that happen over the holidays. And for me, it was so completely awesome! I hope it was for y'all, too!
I didn't just shut out the blog world though. I shut out Twitter, most of Facebook, all things Junior League, non-essential work stuff, non-essential everything stuff and then some. December was consumed with stress and frustration. And it really ate into a good part of my Christmas spirit. But on the 22nd I shut it down. I just stopped allowing it to fog up my head. I stopped responding and stopped thinking about it (for the most part) and let go of things that weren't going to be resolved. I finally got my head and heart to just live in the moment for a few days. I let myself close out the stress and chaos of life life and absorb time with friends and family. I also let myself eat darn near everything, which is darn near close to requiring me to grease the darn door to get through it. But whatever. In a few days, it's a new year. I will confront my issues then.
But for at least one more day, I am still living in the blissfully calm and lovely world of holidays and family time. I think it was the best decision I made all year!
Two of my favorite gifts this year were these ah-maz-ing pajama pants that put all other pajama pants to shame. Seriously the softest and coziest pants ever! Picked out by my best boyfriend, 3 year old Isaiah! He knows me so well!! And these Sperry ballet flats that are as comfortable as they are cute. They were a Merry Christmas to me, from me. Y'all get yourselves a Christmas gift each year, too, right?
This weekend, District's baby, H, turned ONE! I milestone for both for babies and parents! And despite me having the wrong time and the getting into a minor fender bender (I was hit while parked by a little old man who should not be driving. But he was going slow and I didn't see any damage so after 30 minutes of grocery store parking lot chaos, we exchanged "it's OK...no one was hurt" affirmations and personal information and I got my now super duper worst friend ever booty on the road. Oddly...I was very "whatever" about the ordeal until 11 PM when I took Sadie outside before bed and we were both almost eaten alive by a Pit Bull. I lost it after that- just too much for one girl in one day.), I was able to give Super Baby H his new cape. He's super awesome on all accounts so this just seemed like a necessary wardrobe addition.
Another highlight was my family's Dirty Santa game this year (also known as Yankee Trade, Nasty Christmas, or White Elephant). I often end up with the dud gift. Last year was the worst, a self-help book by some golfer. What the heck...worst gift idea! This year though, I brought home a trio of 31 bags. I'm not a huge 31 fan but the bags are cute and I can totally use them. The insulated wine/beverage bag is actually really fun. So yay for a year of a good Dirty Santa game gift!!
Does your family plan this or a similar game? It seriously gets funnier every year. Even when you take home the dud gift, it's still hilarious and such a great time with the family adults. And how was your holiday in general? Did you shut off the chaos to enjoy Christmas with your family and friends? I hope so!